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Check Out the Emotional Trailer for Amma Asante’s Motswana-British Interracial Romantic Drama ‘A United Kingdom’

The first trailer for the film, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, is here.

Earlier this summer, we told you that Belle director Amma Asante’s Motswana-British interracial romantic film A United Kingdom had been selected to open the 60th British Independent Film Festival on Oct. 5.


A little reminiscent of Sidney Poitier’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in the Rick McCallum-produced film based on a true story that shines a light on Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana) (Oyelowo) and his controversial relationship with a British office worker, Ruth Williams (Pike). Despite discouragement from their families and the British and South African governments, they married in 1947.

Now, according to Shadow & Act, the trailer has dropped ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off on Sept. 8.

Could the drama put Oyelowo in contention for an Oscar next year? Gauging by the emotional trailer, at one point the Nigerian-British actor cries, and Hollywood’s fascination with interracial relationships (Nate Parker, OJ Simpson)—it’s possible.

A United Kingdom has been picked up by Pathé for distribution in France and the UK, but nothing yet for the USA, so the trailer will have to do in the meantime. Enjoy below.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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